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Me and My Fishing Pole

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

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“Do not let your harp hang on the willows, but take it down and strum with a grateful heart, bringing out its loudest music.” – C.H. Spurgeon

I can’t read a musical note nor can a play a musical instrument. Along with my classmates, I was introduced to the “flutophone” in third grade. I also took two weeks – it seemed more like two years – of trumpet lessons in fifth grade before quitting abruptly.

So, whereas I can’t praise God with my musical ability, I can worship Him in other ways. If the song isn’t too difficult, I can usually sing on key, albeit an octave too low most times. I can also serve in my local church – and magnify God – by teaching and preaching.

Outside of our church walls, I use other “instruments” to glorify God. One is a softball glove, and another is a basketball. For the past 33 years, I have used both to reach inmates for Christ through the international language of sports.

In fact, whenever I am asked to speak to a group of children, I often show them a basketball or my glove and ask them what it is. Their immediate response is always, “It’s a basketball” or “It’s a softball glove.” Much to their dismay, I simply shake my head and ask them to guess again… and again. Finally, I tell them the correct answer: “It’s my fishing pole!”

Of course, they look at me dumbfounded until I explain. “You see, I use this piece of sports equipment to fish for souls in prison.” Since studies show that 80% of all prisoners refuse to attend a conventional religious program, such as a chapel service or a Bible study, my “fishing pole” works just fine.

In what areas has God gifted you? If you can play an instrument – or a sport – my advice is to do so to the very best of your ability for God’s glory. As Spurgeon says in today’s opening quote, take down your harp and start strumming!

“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!” Psalm 150:3-6a (NKJV)

- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President

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